One of the nastiest surprises you can have is waking up one morning to find that the nice rain shower that started the night before has flooded your basement. Coming home from work to find a broken pipe pouring water into your home isn’t much better. Water damage is a serious issue and it needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible. Here are five things you need to know about water damage restoration.
There are Different Categories
Water damage is rated by category. Category 1 water damage is caused by water that is clean, meaning it will not make a human sick. This usually occurs when a pipe breaks. Category 2 is known as gray water, and is water that can make someone sick, such as from a broken toilet. Category 3 is damage caused by black water. This kind of water is very unsanitary and may come from sewers or standing water.
Damage is Listed as Classes
Just as the water that causes the damage is categorized, the damage that is caused is also classified. In class 1, there is little damage and it’s relatively easy to clean up. Class 2 means that while objects like carpets might be damaged, there is a fast rate of evaporation. In Class 3, the water has damaged parts of your home like the walls and furniture. Class 4 water damage means that concrete, plaster, and even hardwood floors could be affected and that special procedures will be needed to repair the damage.
Don’t Let it Just Dry
You can never allow the water to simply dry. While it may seem that your floors or walls have dried completely, the danger comes from the inside, where you can’t see. A wall that appears dry to the touch may be harboring dangerous mold inside. Mold can lead to serious health problems, especially for children and those with health issues.
Stop the Water
When you first step into your basement, your first instinct might be to start bailing out the water. While wading through water to get to the turn off valve to the pipe might not seem like an attractive idea, it’s very important to try. Before any kind of cleanup can start, the water has to be stopped. Try to stop it yourself before you call the professionals to help minimize the damage. However, wait for the professionals to arrive if there’s any chance of electrocution.
Get Professional Help
To probably clean up and restore your home, you need to call a professional like Complete Restoration Services after you’ve had a major water leak. A professional cleanup crew will have equipment designed to properly dry your home and dehumidify it to keep mold from growing. They also have special tools to find any hidden pockets of water before they become a serious problem. If water is standing, the professionals have extraction equipment that will safely remove the water so you can get back into your home.